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claim the it was self- inflicted. she claimed that a homeless black woman had tossed acid in her face. >> i actually hear it. >> reporter: no one could doubt her story. fliers were posted the alleged attacker a fund was scheduled for this weekend. >> she's very remorseful in many ways this is something that got bigger than what she expected. >> reporter: besides injuring herself it may have caused a copycat assault day later. she reacted on cbs's early show. >> i can't imagine someone doing this to themselves. it was so upsetting i got physically ill. >> reporter: store row's deception it might have been a sign from her. >> wouldn't be guessing too hard if we thought that there might be some unmet needs that the person may be having.
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a need for attention, a need for sympathy. >> reporter: a facebook page created to support her has been taken down in its place one called send bethany store row to jail. fragile mental state will be taken into considering. at least charges of filing a false police report are expected. a florida father's rage is caught on tape on his daughter's school bus. his daughter was being bullied but he didn't handle the situation in the best way. james jones told his daughter to point out the tormentors. he confronted the middle school student who has cerebral palsy. jones threatened students as well as the bus driver. >> this is my daughter and i will (bleep). >> jones was later arrested
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and charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing a school function. police are investigating the and bullies. the 7th grade students could face charges of their own. for a look at tonight's top stories there are questions about the security at johns hopkins hospital after a man shot a doctor, killed his mother and then turned the gun on himself. we now know that paul par 'tis used a very small handgun which was easily concealed. johns hopkins released a statement referring to the possible use of metal detectors calling them unreasonable for a hospital their size. dr. david cohen is in fair condition at hopkins. baltimore state's attorney patricia jessamy has conceded ending a 15 year record. she defended her record but says she is moving forward and not looking back. challenger gregg bernstein is expected to win the election in
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the heavily democratic city. a late summer storm threw new york city for a loop last night and tonight they are still wondering what hit them. it happened at rush hour when the skies went black. the heavens opened up and the winds began to howl. it was over in 15 minutes, but that was long enough to up root hundreds of trees destroy numerous cars smash windows and kill at least one person. the big apple picks up the pieces. >> oh, my god, this is a tornado. >> reporter: as menacing midwest like weather moved over manhattan new yorkers buckled down. >> started screaming there's a tornado i'm in the middle of the tornado. it was just black. >> reporter: the storm hit new york city rush hour thursday evening. downing trees riping roofs off buildings and flipping tractor- trailers like they were toys. tornado warnings were issued around 5:30 as 100 miles per hour winds gusted through city streets.
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in this neighborhood in key west high winds brought down giant trees power lines fell knocking out power and one tree crunched this van nobody was inside so nobody was hurt here. >> the wind came tore everything down like a pair of scissors. >> reporter: new york's iconic skyline lit up with lightning 300 strikes in 15 minutes. train service halted on the long island railroad. tens of thousands of customers stranded on the largest commuter railroad in the nation. the streets didn't fare much better. a pennsylvania woman who pulled over to ride out the storm was killed by a falling tree in queens, new york. more than 25,000 in the city still have no power. >> we'll get power back, the trees will regrow. >> reporter: the same storm system moved through ohio hours earlier. by day break the damage was he
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evident. in ohio neighborhoods are scattered with downed trees after several tornadoes touched down. you can see debris scattered around damaged homes and trees snapped in half. more than 1300 people are still without power following that storm. hopefully weather like that won't disrupt a great event hitting the chesapeake bay this weekend. swim across america is holding its fir ever event in the baltimore area. that swim will raise money for cancer research. one of the people swimming is our very own brave meteorologist wyatt everhart. he has been putting long hours in preparation for this race. >> reporter: i hope i'm ready. i put about 7 weeks of training in at the pool i got kind air late start. we're going to see what happens. we're going to have some really cool interviews in just a second. you'll hear from some of the swimmers three generations. let's get a quick check of your weather. today was a much nicer day than yesterday. in fact we were going to be
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down here yesterday it didn't happen with the showers and storms. we were up into the 80-degree range this afternoon. as we zoom out a little bit you can see skies are a little gray at times today but we're seeing a little bit of clearing do going on right now it sets the stage for an awfully nice weekend we expect no big weather systems in the next couple of days. this evening we're talking about 70s, nice evening and again temperatures pleasant, breezy, but a gorgeous friday night. so you have to love that. let's get to some very special swimmers and some people that have been very involved in this. betsy, alice to your right and fran even further to the right. three generations of jeron i can. >> and up dike, yes. >> reporter: you really held a lot to help set up this thing. talk about your coach at the event bringing this to baltimore and swimming in it too talk about that. >> i've done the swim up in long island three different times and i felt it was time to
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bring it down to baltimore. john my coach and i i planted the seed, the idea and we've run with it. it's been a big effort but well worth while. >> reporter: you were saying hey baltimore a town with a lot of water and a lot of places to swim and huge hospitals and of course we have michael phelps you were key in helping get him involved. >> we were able to get michael phelps involved, his coach bob bowman was supportive of the idea and endorsed it and helped us get michael here for the event on sunday. so we're very excited about that. >> reporter: betsy i mean three generations all three are going to hit the water at the same time. is that what we're going to see on camera sunday morning? >> yeah. i think so. we should all start at the same time. i don't know if we'll end it the same time. >> reporter: you too fran right. you're right in there with them. >> i'm right in there. i'm the example to keep going right. >> reporter: that's great. all generations and that's the great thing about swimming it's something you can do really
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throughout your entire life. full mile in the open bay all three of these. betsy thanks so much for helping to set everything up here. we certainly appreciate the effort. it's going to be baltimore's first ever swim across america coming up sunday morning we're going to have much more from meadowbrook in a few minutes. >> swim across america is this sunday it takes place at gibson eye lapd for the open water swim and meadowbrook aquatic and fitness center for the pool swim. use your smartphone for calls e-mail and scheduling what happens when you drop that phone on the ground i do it all the time. find out about the new gadgets to protect your phone from wear and tear. plus the baggies biodegradable but it's really noisy why this container is so loud.
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lets you secure it keeping it in your line of sight. it makes a great makeshift tripod. andrea smith abc news. nothing beats getting away to a beautiful fireplace to escape the hectic world we all live in. coming up jamie costello takes us on to go to the beauty of the allegheny county mountains. a cool alternative for patients using medical marijuana. why you'll find these flavors at bass kin robbins, coming up. that's going to go right in your glove. ohhh.
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tax on everything you buy? that's in andy harris' unfair tax plan. 23% sales tax. a 23% sales tax will cut my business in half. would be devastating. andy harris' 23% sales tax absolutely makes no sense. 23% sales tax would really make things unaffordable. that's too high for the average american out here. i don't know how we would manage it really. don't like that idea. we can't afford andy harris' idea. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message. . fall is just around the corner. if you're looking for a place to get away, enjoy the outdoors and especially enjoy the beautiful fall colors that are coming you might want to take i- 70 west to i-68 and visit the beauty of the maryland mountains. that's what abc 2 news jamie costello did as he was on to go in rocky gap state park. >> reporter: on the other side
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of the mountains a gem is discovered. >> this is rocky gap. belt way traffic 2.5 hours behind just let up on the peddle and paddle. >> perfect get away for the weekend. >> reporter: shade, blue water and a breeze and a nap. >> i thought i would have to drive and be gone most of the day. quite frankly i've sat here by the lake and really enjoyed myself. >> reporter: like this guy. go back to that bird who's flying right at you. now that's a picture. this owl, this bald eagle, real. >> the birds out in the distance a lot of time never had the opportunity to see the birds up close and personal like this. >> western maryland is
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basically a huge outdoor playground. >> reporter: from biking and hiking to battling. this could be intimidating but shelly can calm your rookie fear. >> we want to go horseback riding kayaking i want to learn to fly fish with one came we'll take care of all of that for you. >> reporter: you don't get to see this in the woods, segues that go this away, and that away. >> just a great feeling. you feel like you're floating through the woods and get a chance to look at everything. >> reporter: but still some prefer the old-fashioned walk to the top. >> little effort for a big reward. an 8-mile hike and you have the reward of this incredible view. >> reporter: golf, bike, float, nap. what a great weekend. >> that was jamie costello. technically that was work he was on. if you don't want to head out west this weekend why not head
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down to gibson island for swim across america it's raising money for cancer research and our own wyatt everhart is taking part. he's been training for the swim. how is the weather looking? that water is going to be cold. >> reporter: chilly, but not frigid, josie. i mean, we took on the bay water temperature about 73. the air temp about 70. early swim sunday morning it's going to be actually signing up at 7:00 a.m. the swimmers hit the water at 8:00. the options 1 or 3 miles or you can swim at meadowbrook. i'm joined now by the say your last name. we've got all three brothers here. these guys are not amateur swimmers. we want to give that caveat. you guys are doing the swim at gibson island not at the pool right. >> that's right. >> reporter: and tell me what kind of distance are you guys looking to do out there. >> i'm doing the 3-mile. >> 3-mile. >> one mile. >> reporter: all right young man. what does it mean to you to do
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this. this is baltimore's first ever swim across america i know you guys do a lot of swimming but never in this event before. >> we have a friend suffering from leukemia. good family friend her kids used to swim here, and we want to do our part and fight cancer. >> reporter: how about you. >> it's great how everyone can get together have fun go out and swim. donate some money. it's going to a good cause. >> reporter: how about you? >> we would like to help people with cancer. it helps we're doing it with swimming. >> reporter: the brothers give each other a hard time on occasion i bet but teaming up for this swim right. >> yes. that's right. >> reporter: speaking of that before we get to weather let's see a demonstration of some brother to brother speed here. i can't swim as good as you good. let's see what the real thing looks like here. look at this. they have got the quiet exit
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josie. they actually start off underwater to prevent that surface tension and then look at the speed this. it's impressive. all right. let's get into the weather and we're talking about good weather for the swim, good weather for everyone this weekend here in baltimore. speaking of the swim forecast, air temp is going to be about 70 or so that early in the morning. eventually climbing into the low 80s and we should have a foot or so of chop out on the bay. let's take a look at a live shot weather net camera at chesapeake beach. the sky clearing up there. current conditions out at baltimore we were up into the low 80s. >> dropping into the 70s. wind gust he at times but lightening up this evening. some highs across the state today it did warm up pretty decently with sunshine back. we did stay rain free out there today. and as we zoom out a little bit i want the show you the east coast weather pattern. bottom line is it's all looking good for this last official
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weekend of summer 2010. can you believe that it's already the last weekend of summer. it's here. and the weather looks good as that front continues to push further south. let's zoom in. forecast model bottom line is we're going to continue to clear out as we roll forward into the day tomorrow. a few clouds and even sunnier we think as we go into the day on sunday. weather couldn't time out much better for the big swim early sunday morning. we got to check the atlantic ocean. this is unusual. hurricane igor, category 3 bearing down on bermuda towards sunday. carl in the southern caribbean see. category 2 and julia out there too. left give you the forecast. bottom line quiet all weekend. clear and cool tonight. temperatures dropping into the 50s. tomorrow we're back around 80 degrees in the afternoon. most of the day in the 70s. lots of sunshine. tomorrow night good looking saturday night in the city as temperatures cool off. your 7-day forecast. i mean, a gorgeous wrap up to summer here. the last few days on the
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calendar. lots of sunshine. temperatures warming up towards sunday, and then next week looking dry and sunny as well. back here live at meadowbrook aquatic training center. michael phelps himself uses this pool a lot. i've didn't my share of work here to try to get ready for a mile in the open chesapeake. >> that's going to be coming up sunday morning. it's all to fight cancer here in baltimore the first ever swim across america for maryland. let's head back to you josie. >> you know we're worried about you back here. stop by my office when you get back we have water wings for you just in case good luck wyatt. swim across america is this sunday takes place at gibson island for the open water swim meadowbrook aquatic and fitness center for the pool swim. now, to the economy. president barack obama says his special advisor that new advisor elisabeth warren is one of the country's fiercest advocates for the middle class. the knew bureau he's asking her to set up will look out for
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consumers in their dealings with banks, mortgage companies and other financial institutions. most of us want to do our part to save the planet using environmentally friendly products. one popular snack is getting a lot of complaints lately. our consumer reporter john matarese has details so you don't waste your money. >> reporter: everyone likes the idea of green products that don't harm the environment. one new healthy snack food is getting an unusual number of complaints because its new environmentally safe bag makes too much noise. this is what most potato chip bags sound like when you're trying to open them. but hold your ears because this is what the new sun chips biodegradable bags sound like. frito-lay has been making a lot of noise in recent weeks about its new environmentally friendly sun chips on grocery store shelves, which are now sold in a biodegradable bag. but the noise that's bothering a look lot of parents teachers and libraries is this.
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a sound the wall street journal says registers 95 decible is up close. the fact there may not be any solution to the loud bag. the wall street journal says the plant material used to make the bag is crunchy and this is no way around it. doesn't that stink? if you want green be prepared for noise, a sound so loud there's a facebook group called sorry, i can't hear you over this sun chips bag. for now sun chips will remain in the loud bag. if you're taking them to a noisy lunchroom no problem. if you're planning on bringing a snack to the library it may be a case of don't waste your money. i'm john matarese. >> with a look ahead to abc 2 news at 6:00 it typically starts off with an unoccupied parking space. and how they are changing the way we see empty lots all over baltimore. some trainers say the key to shedding those few extra pounds could be where you work out. those stories and more coming
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up at 6:00. tax on everything you buy?
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that's in andy harris' unfair tax plan. 23% sales tax. a 23% sales tax will cut my business in half.
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would be devastating. andy harris' 23% sales tax absolutely makes no sense. 23% sales tax would really make things unaffordable. that's too high for the average american out here. i don't know how we would manage it really. don't like that idea. we can't afford andy harris' idea. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message. . a cool alternative for medical marijuana users. check this out. you won't find these flavors at your local baskin-robbins that's because the medical marijuana dispensary in california is selling pot infused ice cream. police step up patrols to crack down on drunk drivers in baltimore. find out when and where on abc 2 news at 6:00 which starts right now. . earl

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